Thought I would share some photos of Jack M’s dad’s dog. He is gorgeous, but I feel, starved of affection. He was great company for M whilst he was there. We will miss him loads, and were quite tempted to sneak him back with us, our girls would have loved him. His KC name is Topaz Blue Bear, in case you were wondering, and Jack is his pet name. Although we would have either called him Badger or Bear.
M and I had our DNA mapped a good few years ago with 23andMe and loved the experience of finding out lots of things about ourselves from traits to health and of course ancestry. But I always thought it would be fun to have the dogs DNA mapped, and see what they are made of, health, allergies and reaction to drugs etc. I always thought it would be a bit of a pipe dream and that no one would do such things. We did have Lilu’s DNA done, but that was in case she was stolen, and having the DNA map meant that we would be able to get her back if she was stolen and her chip changed.
Today, I received an email from our insurers about having DNA mapping for dogs, and that got me thinking again about it all. I found kits on the usual sites, but nothing too exciting. Then I came across Wisdom Panel who are part of the Mars group and do full DNA mapping for dogs. After a good read of the site, I think I will take the plunge and get them done. £75 each and you get full ancestry, breed and health reports with drug sensitivity that you can share with the vets. One of the things I noted that when you buy a kit you get a code that you can share with family and friends to give a discount to them, but when buying 2 kits no discount is given so I will have to buy a kit, then order another one and use the code unless I can find a code on the internet. I have found ones that work with the .com site, but nothing for the British site, which is about right here, most companies are tight-fisted in the UK.
Once I have had the DNA done I will share the results with you all. If it is anything like the experience when we had our own DNA done it will be both exciting and interesting.
Through the night Mazikeen could not settle and all in all was moping about and generally restless through the night, making funny noises and the odd whimper. We thought, this is it, she is going to have her first season (in-heat), as some dogs react that way, but alas no. In the morning after a shocking night of sleeplessness, I discovered that her tail was sore, and was not wagging. My thoughts immediately went to a broken tail.
We have a 24/7 vet phone service that is part of her insurance, so I called them to see what they suggested. They can do a video chat so you can do a version of “show and tell”, but as with all technology that is new, it did not want to work on her side. Her first question was “has she been swimming?” which deserved an answer of “yes and no”. We had been to the beach on Thursday and she was in and out of the water, although she was soaked from top to bottom, she had not actually swum, just jumped about in the sea running after shells I was throwing in the water. Her suggestion was that it could be a swim tail or broken. I quickly explained that her tail was still wagging most of the evening, and the swim tail would be out, but a broken tail was possible. Harper is twice the weight of Mazikeen, and they do love to play rough, but usually, this means Mazikeen dominating Harper and jumping on her, but I could not recall any rough arsing about. She suggested getting her to the vets to get her tail x-rayed.
I called the vets at 8am and got an appointment later that morning. The vet felt about her tail and found two places he thought it may be broken, and took her in for x-rays and examinations. She had the first of the anaesthetic injections whilst I was there, and then I had to go so they could do their thing. Just after 12 I was called and told to come and collect her after 1:30 and the vet would chat to me about his prognosis. Duly at that time, I went to get her, and like the morning appointment, waited about for ages. Eventually, I was called into one of the rooms with a nurse who explained that she had not broken it, so that was good news, but she had badly sprained it and that she needed some rest for the next few days, no rough playing and anti-inflammatories for the next 14 days which had a little painkiller in them to take the edge off for her.
Today, her tail is wagging, not as fast as usual, and she is a little slow on her feet, but she is in good spirit. So quite an expensive day for a sprain, however, our dogs are our kids, so we do not mind spending money on them, especially health, which I seem to go overboard with.
A year has flown by since Lilu passed away. It is amazing how fast that seems to have gone. 8760 hours, that have ticked away without increasing speed, but in our minds, it seems like only yesterday we said goodbye to her and watched her silently pass from this world to the next, via the doggy rainbow that we have no access to.
All around we have our memories of her, on the walls, on the many bookcases, and I even have a tee shirt that has both Lilu and Harper (at 8 weeks old) on, which I have on today.
If I did not know better I would swear that Mazikeen is a reincarnation at times of Lilu. She has so many of the same mannerisms and the same spirit of adventure. Even the spiral staircase in the middle of the house was no obstacle to Lilu, and Mazikeen is the same, however, Harper puts her front paws on the first step and stands there waiting for us, never daring to climb even after watching the pup fly up and indeed when she was a pup herself watching Lilu go up, slowly as her walking was not the best after her spinal stroke, but she still wanted to go up, just for a potter about. But I know by the Buddhist cycle of reincarnation that it is not possible, as they say, saṃsāra is an endless cycle without pause or end unless liberation is achieved by insight and the extinguishing of desire.
A year on and we still miss her like mad, and now and again emotions stir, a tear is shed, but the fun times and great memories are in abundance. So I will leave you with a photo of her in one of her favourite places, the beach.